Teacher and School Characteristics: Their Relationship to the Inservice Needs of Teachers

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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Once teachers enter the world of teaching, their opportunities to find continuing education become diffuse and often problematic. Despite the significance placed on continuing education by school districts, inservice and staff development activities are largely understudied in the research community. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to investigate teachers’ inservice preferences and the relationship of these preferences to selected teacher and school characteristics. A 25-item questionnaire was administered to 85 secondary physical education teachers to assess their preferences for inservice education activities. Multiple regression and factor analysis revealed that selected teacher and school characteristics accounted for significant proportions of the variance as measured by the Inservice Needs Inventory.

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